My law firm has asked each of its partners (myself included) to write their own bios to be displayed on our website. I only had 10 mins to write my first draft, and was unsatisfied. Tonight, I couldn’t sleep so I re-wrote it (nerd). See below!
Karen Hernandez comes to the firm with a decade of experience in the legal industry. Today, she focuses her energy developing the criminal defense and immigration law practice areas, while also taking landlord/tenant cases, civil disputes, and family law matters on a case-by-case basis. She is a dynamic attorney who has held nearly every position there is to be held at a law firm, and whose drive and motivation to be an attorney is rooted in serving her community and passion for social justice.
Karen strove for hands-on comprehensive training in criminal law early on. She worked as a prosecutor in two cities, Anchorage and Seattle. She also interned for a criminal law judge, and worked as a public defender in Seattle’s mental health court. Working as a public defender assisting clients who had mental health needs taught Karen how to distill complex legal issues into straightforward language her clients could understand. All of Karen’s prior criminal law experience has shown her how stacked against the individual the criminal justice system can be, and this is precisely what emboldens her to practice criminal defense. The same can be said of her drive to practice immigration law: The system is designed to be confusing and feel bleak. Karen can help with that.
Karen’s ability to sympathize is a breath of fresh air for clients who are going through challenging times. Just as compassionate as she is resourceful, she works closely with clients to find solutions that are tailored to each person’s specific needs and goals. And her straightforward demeanor, thorough approach, and thoughtful analysis saves clients time and money. Most importantly, Karen solves problems and achieves desired results.
Karen attended Seattle University School of Law because of its social justice mission. There, she competed in as well as judged moot court and alternative dispute resolution competitions, was invited to the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, and co-chaired Social Justice week with the Social Justice Coalition. Karen studied Philosophy at UC Berkeley. A moral philosophy class she took in her freshman year in college planted the seed in her mind about what justice and fairness means in our society.
In her spare time, Karen loves to make delicious food from scratch. She enjoys reading novels, as well as articles from The New Yorker, The Economist, and The Atlantic. Karen enjoys volunteering in her community and connecting with people. Karen loves being outdoors and exploring all that the State of Washington has to offer.
- Criminal Law (traffic infractions, misdemeanors, DUI’s)
- Immigration Law (in development)
- Landlord/Tenant Law
- Civil Disputes
- Family Law
- Washington State (2016 – present)
- Juris Doctor, Seattle University School of Law (2013)
- Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley (2008)
Professional Community Activities
- Fundraiser / Grant Maker, Social Justice Fund (September 2016 – Present)
- Board Member (three-year position), Filipino Lawyers of Washington (January 2017 – Present)